We've all seen them: clunkers and lemons that prattle down the street, sputtering and chugging along, all while the driver looks embarrassed about the lack of eloquence their ride has. These types of cars, mostly from the 90s and early 2000s, are a token of the past and while most of them have been discontinued, it's fun to look back on the automobile industries most forgotten, ugliest, cheapest and worst cars that made it to the American market. What was the goal of these kinds of cars? Provide an economical means of transportation, at the cost of appearance, horsepower, and status.
So then, to take a break from my usual fantasy of owning a myriad of supercars, I have collected a list of cars that not even a person with all the money in the world would own, due to their reputation as sub-par automobiles. Some of these cars are rather obscure, but they still hold a special place in automobile history as the lamest of the lame. Be careful, it might be hard to look at some of these lemons, and make sure to enjoy the 5 cars that a rich person would own at the end of the list, as they will provide some much-needed eye bleach.
Without further ado, lets begin.
30 Toyota Tercel
The Toyota Tercel, a cousin of the Corolla, was a car that underwent production beginning in 1978, and was discontinued in the late 90s. The '98 Tercel boasts a whopping 82 horsepower and a front wheel drive train, which is great for an economy grade sedan, but definitely wouldn't impress any car enthusiast. Aside from what's under the hood, the Tercel was not a very pretty car, supporting box style headlights and a front end that sort of looks like a sad bridge troll.
The Tercel found moderate success because of its similarities with the Corolla, however, it's clear which one of the cars was more favored by the general public. Maybe the Corolla grabbed more attention because it didn't have a look that screamed, "ugliest Toyota from the 90s" and barely enough power to make it up an unusually steep driveway. Or maybe it was because driving a car that was even smaller than the Corolla gave the driver the impression that they were driving a go-kart and not an automobile. Either way, the Tercel is a part of Toyota's history and makes me chuckle every time I see one driving down the street.
29 Chevrolet Prizm
The Chevrolet Prizm (aka the Geo Prizm) is the first of the "Chevrolet flops" on this list, and be prepared, there are many more to come. The Prizm, another car modeled after the famous Corolla, was a combined effort by General Motors and Toyota, who wanted to create a derivative version of the Japanese market exclusive, the Toyota Sprinter, and bring it to the American market.
The 125 hp engine was actually a very solid engine at the time and carried sales of the car, but the brand denomination of Geo to Chevrolet hurt the sales of the Prizm, along with other cars under the Geo name.
What seriously plagued the car however was the sub-par emergency handling that was discovered in 1998, which caused Toyota and GM to address the problem in the following year. Other than that, the car isn't very aesthetically pleasing, especially the god-awful hubcaps and body design that were meant to look sleek, but actually look laughable. With these reasons in mind, it is safe to say that no one with a budget over a few thousand dollars would even consider this car.
28 Oldsmobile Alero
The Oldsmobile Alero, which had a run of only five years (1999-2004) was a car that had the intention of being a sports car but ended up being forgotten about until a high school student needed their first clunker. The disgusting front end is the main feature of this car that makes me cringe, supporting terribly designed headlights and an atrocious sold grill. Like so many other cars of the time period, the Alero had a design that was supposed to be "futuristic" and "sleek" but instead of having the intimidating look of a sports car, the Alero looks cowardly. Moreover, the wheel clearance is laughable: the car looks as though it's propped up on stilts.
As much as I can bash the appearance of the Alero, the optional 3.4 L engine did output 170 hp, which at the time, was a considerable amount of speed for a car that was so accessible to the general public. But of course, 170 hp is still nothing to write home about, especially because the Alero was marketed as a "sports car." All in all, I don't think anyone is upset about the closure of General Motor's Oldsmobile division in 2004, especially the wealthier population, who most likely wasn't interested in the Alero's promise of "entry-level luxury."
27 Ford Aspire
The Ford Aspire, which shares similarities with the Focus, was a car produced by Ford from 1993-1997 that boasted a 3 or 5 door design with an engine outputting a measly 63 horsepower. The Aspire was the definition of a "strip model," offering virtually no luxury additions, even so far as only offering power steering in the 5-speed automatic model. That being said, this car was catered toward the group of people who wanted nothing more than a box on wheels that would get you from point A to B (rather slowly, I might add).
Why was the Aspire discontinued? It turns out that even people who didn't want all of the fancy additions being added to cars in the 90s were still unsatisfied with the abilities of the Aspire, as Ford stopped production entirely because of poor sales numbers.
But of course, maybe that had more to do with the appearance of the car, which supports one of the ugliest hatchback designs ever seen on the American automobile market. Needless to say, this car isn't winning any prizes for its appearance, power or luxury additions, making it a perfect candidate for a car you wouldn't see in a rich (or any) person's garage.
26 Chevrolet Cavalier
The Chevrolet Cavalier, another strong contender for "ugliest front end," was produced between 1982-2005, and while the earlier iterations of the car had acceptable body designs, the third gen models (1994-2005) took a serious dive in terms of aesthetics. The hubcaps were "upgraded" with a near laughable 5-spoke design that looks like a little tornado in each wheel. The headlight design is atrocious, along with the built-in grill that covers the entirety of the front bumper.
The Cavalier supported a 2.4 L engine that produced 150 horsepower, which isn't slow by any means, especially with a curb weight under 3,000 lbs. It's not entirely known why the Cavalier was eliminated from American markets, however, the Cavalier name does still exist in Chinese markets, although, it is much closer to the design of the Cruze rather than the older models of the Cavalier. In conclusion, why wouldn't this car appear in a rich person's garage? Well, simply put, the Cavalier is ugly and at best, average in terms of other specifications.
25 Buick LeSabre
Ah, the Buick LeSabre, the official totem automobile of retirees. In terms of appearance, the LeSabre is not attractive by any means and reminds us that oval front end grills might not be the best look. Moreover, the sheer chunkiness caused by the size of the car makes it comparable to a boat with wheels. However, what the LeSabre lacks in eloquence, it makes up for in power, boasting a 3.8 L V6 which produces 205 hp. But that doesn't excuse the Buick's reputation, seeing as how most of them belong to owners over the age of 65.
And that's exactly why they wouldn't be found in a rich person's garage, unless, I suppose, that person has grandchildren, but even then, there are so many better alternatives for full-size sedans which aren't nearly as ugly. What is interesting though, is that despite all its flaws, the LeSabre was one of Buick's best selling vehicles before its discontinuation in 2005, which Buick did so they could replace the LeSabre with the Lucerne. So, to sum it up, the Buick LeSabre is not a car that would particularly be found in a rich person's garage, especially that of a young tech millionaire from the Silicon Valley.
24 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Look at a picture of the PT Cruiser...is there any more than needs to be said? The obvious flaw with Chrysler's 5-door (or 3) sedan is the appearance: it flat out is not aesthetically pleasing in any way, supporting a body style that looks somewhat like a nose. The grille and headlights make the front end look just plain silly, and the raised passenger roofing makes for an awkward flow. This car is the opposite of sleek, crafting an image that is reminiscent of a milk truck.
As if the appearance wasn't enough to warrant no one buying this car ever, it isn't incredibly fast, boasting 140 hp and a curb weight of 3,100 lbs.
Moreover, the PT Cruiser has a fuel economy of about 19 mpg (city), and interestingly enough, had to be classified as a small truck to meet CAFE fuel consumption standards. The Cruiser was produced from 2000-2010, but honestly, I don't believe anyone, especially those who have all the money in the world, are missing out by not having this car in their collection. This car is definitely a reminder that even a corporate giant like Chrysler, makes mistakes.
23 Nissan Leaf
While I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with the Leaf, I feel as though there are better options for the richest of the rich, and they would not bother spending money on a sub-par electric vehicle. Furthermore, the design of the Leaf isn't exactly jaw-dropping, but of course, that is the same fate for many electric cars on the market. Why is it that so many electric cars, like the Leaf, kind of just look like a Prius variant? This is the only issue I see with the Leaf, and why it wouldn't be in the garage of a millionaire: it isn't unique, astounding or even above average. It's a run of the mill electric car.
To give it some credit, the Leaf does exactly as it should, and allows drivers a range of 107 miles on a full charge. The 5-door hatchback allows enough room for the whole family and delivers about 120 hp, which isn't bad for a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. However, as I mentioned, the Leaf is outclassed by other electric cars, such as the Tesla Model S, which is more likely to be in the garage of the most wealthy people.
22 Ford Crown Victoria
The Ford Crown Victoria, most commonly recognized as a police interceptor, was first introduced in 1992 and has gained the reputation as a type of utility vehicle. This is almost entirely due to the adoption of the Crown Vic as the standard issue vehicle of police officers and even until today, cannot shake that reputation. Aside from this, the Crown Victoria still isn't an exceptionally amazing vehicle, with a design similar to other American cars at the time, sort of like the aforementioned Buick LeSabre. The boxy headlights and large hood aren't exactly attractive traits.
Interestingly enough, despite its status as a utility vehicle, the Crown Victoria has a 4.6 L V8 engine that can output over 220 hp, depending on the exhaust configuration. While this isn't an incredible amount of power, it does give the Crown Vic a power advantage over other cars in its class. Although, there's nothing about the Crown Victoria that would make it appealing to the wealthiest of drivers, considering it isn't flashy, incredibly fast or exceptionally unique in any way. And of course, when you're driving the Crown Vic, other drivers will mistake you for an undercover cop and drive slower until they realize you aren't, which is rather annoying.
21 Pontiac Aztek
Sorry Walter, not even being a drug dealer can make the Pontiac Aztek cool. Okay, now that that reference is over with, the Aztek has got to be one of the least aesthetically pleasing cars on this list. Everything about this car screams ugly, from the unorthodox split headlights to the awkward third passenger window and protruding hatch.
These aren't just my complaints either, as the Aztek was placed on the list of top 100 ugliest cars by The Daily Telegraph and included in the top 50 worst cars list by Time Magazine.
Even more interesting is the impact that the Aztek had on Pontiac, who was only able to sell a measly 27,000 Azteks in 2001. This flop hurt the company significantly, as they needed to sell at least 30,000 to break even. This is most likely the reason for its discontinuation in 2005. With this, it's safe to assume that if even regular consumers didn't want to buy the Pontiac Aztek, rich customers most likely don't want to either, securing its spot on this list. Although, there is one reason to buy this car, or more specifically, one of these cars: the Aztek used in filming Breaking Bad, which was totaled, sold for $7,800 because of its involvement in the show.
20 Chrysler Sebring
Jeremy Clarkson declared the Chrysler Sebring the worst car in existence, and while that judgment might be a bit harsh and maybe even bias, it's safe to say that the Sebring isn't anything extraordinary. Beginning with the design, the Sebring has a rather large front grill and interestingly shaped headlights, with a body that isn't out of the ordinary. Although, the primary complaints about the Sebring are its handling ability, which is supposedly poor, and its gearbox, which has been said to be clunky.
So why does the Sebring not belong in the garage of a millionaire? To be blunt, it's a budget version of more luxury sedans like a Mercedes S-Class for example. In fact, even just writing that feels insulting to the S-Class, because the Sebring is made from sub-par parts, giving it a lower price tag than many other Sedans. No person with tons of money would bother spending it on a Sebring (or a Chrysler for that matter) when other, quality sedans exist.
19 Saturn Sky
I wouldn't blame you if you were at all confused by seeing the Saturn Sky on this list, after all, it is rather aesthetically pleasing, clearly is a sports car and isn't the slowest car on the block. However, the Sky makes this list because of what it implies about the driver: they couldn't afford a real sports car. At the end of the day, it's still a Saturn, and on the low-end trims, only produces around 170 hp. Moreover, looking at the car, its clear that the design is a sad attempt to copy the Lotus Elise, which reinforces the idea that the driver of a Saturn Sky didn't have the budget for a nice sports car, so they settled for a Saturn.
I don't mean to completely bash Saturn, but let's be honest, Saturn isn't known to make high-end automobiles, much less high-end sports cars.
This is exactly why a rich person wouldn't have a Saturn Sky in their garage: why would they settle for a Saturn when they could get a sports car that is outside the average person's budget for a new car? Simply put, they wouldn't, and so, the Saturn Sky has secured a place on this list.
18 Chevrolet Aveo
The Aveo is another sub-compact sedan produced by Chevrolet, although the car was originally produced by Daewoo. Production began in 2002 and the Aveo is still being produced today, although it has undergone various changes throughout the years. Looking at the appearance of the car, the Aveo suffers much of the same fate as the Nissan Versa and the aforementioned Ford Aspire: the design is awkward, boring and not appealing aesthetically. Furthermore, the specifications of the Aveo aren't unusually impressive either, considering the engine outputs about 138 hp. However, the Ecotec engine does mean that the Aveo is better for the environment and even more importantly for the average consumer, the Aveo is affordable. But of course, this isn't a list of cars that you would find in the average consumer's garage.
And this is why the Aveo made the list: the car is purposefully made to be underwhelming because it needs to be affordable, something which doesn't really matter if you're incredibly wealthy. The Aveo simply just doesn't offer the things that high-end compact sedans do, making it less appealing to people who have an exceptionally high budget for buying cars.
17 Suzuki Swift
The Suzuki Swift is yet another, uninteresting, boring and affordable car that has no business being in the garage of a millionaire. Looking at the body design, the car doesn't look half bad, but the rear end is kind of ugly with a hatch that is a sort of awkward protrusion from the body. Additionally, the car is so incredibly small, it sort of looks like a giant's roller skate, an interesting design choice to say the least. However, I will note that the front grill of the Swift is solid, made even better by the bold Suzuki "S."
Much like its appearance, the specifications of the Suzuki Swift are also underwhelming. The Swift carries a 1.4 L engine that produces 95 hp. Now, you really don't need tons of horsepower to move this tiny car, however, a car made in the last 10 years that has sub 100 horsepower is unusual. In fact, this is even more concerning because the curb weight of a Swift is about 2,600 lbs. Considering this, along with all of the other aspects of this car that categorizes it as an economic car, is why it made the list. I don't see any wealthy person wanting an underwhelming sub-compact like the Swift.
16 Chevrolet HHR
Wait, why is the PT Cruiser on this list twice? Oh just kidding, that's the Chevrolet HHR, and if you read the entry for the Cruiser, it should be obvious what my complaints are about this one. These "hearse-style" station wagons are just flat out ugly, and really, don't have any redeeming factors, other than giving me something to laugh at when I see one on the road.
Unsurprisingly, Chevrolet discontinued the car in 2011, most likely due to dwindling sales numbers, and with that, Chevy's attempt at a new-age high-roof station wagon ended.
So, why would a rich person not want this car? Well, considering nearly every crossover outclasses the HHR in terms of specifications and power, it would make sense for a person of high economic status to choose a high-end SUV or crossover instead of the HHR. So, much like the PT Cruiser, the appearance alone secured a spot for the HHR on this list. But hey, fun fact: HHR is an acronym meaning "Heritage High Roof" to signify the classic looking cars from the 50s that inspired the HHR, and unfortunately, was lost in translation.
15 Saturn L-Series
Produced from 2000-2005, the Saturn L-Series was a line of sedans that varied in power and features. The most notable downfall of the Saturn L-Series was the quality assurance issues that plagued many of the units sold. Complaints of a number of issues like poor transmissions, engine failures and tire vibration problems caused by poorly designed control arms. In fact, Saturn recalled 300,000 units in 2005 after the North Carolina Consumer Council issued a recall petition. It was found that the majority of engine failures in the L-Series came from a defective timing chain.
So honestly, if a consumer is well educated on the issues of the L-Series, they would most likely avoid buying this car, which includes the wealthiest of consumers. Moreover, Saturn's have a reputation for being low budget automobiles, as they aren't flashy or reliable, two things which a millionaire would try to avoid when buying a car. Additionally, there are so many alternatives to Saturn's sedans, mostly because they are built in a similar style as so many other sedans, which of course would imply that a rich person would seek out a higher-end sedan before buying a Saturn.
14 Nissan Juke
Much like the Pontiac Aztek, the Nissan Juke has an outlandish appearance that is borderline offensive to the eyes. The headlights are split, placing one half nearly on the hood, the other in an oversized fog light style, with smaller fog lights below them. It makes me wonder what the purpose of the headlight design was: was it just to look "unique" and have blinkers on the top of your hood? Well maybe, but that doesn't stop it from looking incredibly stupid. Furthermore, the hatch is awkward because the roof of the car gets narrower towards the back, a design choice that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Although, I will note that the Nismo version of the Juke looks slightly better, but not by much.
With this, it's safe to assume that the richest consumers won't be buying the Juke, primarily because it, well, looks funny. When compared to a sleek and mean design, like that of the Audi Q3, the Juke just stands out too much. Let me put it this way, I would honestly be embarrassed if I was a high roller that showed up to a restaurant and handed the valet a set of keys to this car.
13 Toyota Echo
The Toyota Echo is a prime example of an economy car: it is tiny, incredibly fuel efficient, cheap and reliable. The Echo comes equipped with a 1.3 L in-line 4 engine, outputting 108 horsepower, which comparatively, gives the Echo a pretty good power to weight ratio since the curb weight is just over 2000 lbs. Even more interesting is that the Echo also comes in a hatchback model, which gives a considerable amount of space to the supermini vehicle. However, all of these aspects are included at the cost of appearance, style, and power; the Toyota Echo is not a stunning car by any means. That doesn't make the Echo inherently bad, it just isn't appealing to a millionaire who most likely cares less about gas prices than the average driver and cares more about appearances. This is why the Echo primarily caters towards people who don't want a lot of pizzazz from their car.
Moreover, when you can afford high-end, fully electric cars, like a Tesla, getting a car for good fuel economy just doesn't make sense. I think it's safe to say that we won't see Elon Musk driving a Toyota Echo anytime soon.
12 Dodge Intrepid
The Dodge Intrepid was a limited model produced between 1992-1994 which sported a 3.5 L engine, producing around 240 horsepower. This combination would've made for an entry level sports sedan, however, the Intrepid is held back by a front wheel drive train and lack of manual transmission. It's a car built to serve as a sedan with slightly increased power, no more, no less.
Aside from the specs, the aesthetics of the car are similar to the Oldsmobile Alero, which I criticized heavily for its appearance. However, the Intrepid looks better than the Alero, albeit not by much.
Simply put, the Intrepid does not look like the car of a millionaire, and if anything, could pass as a project car for a street racer who prefers American cars over imports. In fact, this car reminds me somewhat of the street type Pontiac's and Mitsubishi's. This judgment stems primarily from the design of the car: it does not look eloquent in its appearance, and furthermore, does not make up for it with other high-end qualities. That being said, the Dodge Intrepid is not a car I would expect to see in a millionaires garage.
11 Chevrolet Lumina APV
And the award for the ugliest minivan ever made goes to the Chevrolet Lumina APV! But seriously, I feel like Chevrolet tried to make the Lumina uglier than its competitors at the time, the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. The windshield is especially ugly thanks to its unusually long design and the inclusion of an awkward middle window between the driver and passenger side windows. Aside from its appearance, the Lumina APV's first iteration carried a 3.1 L V6 engine which was hardly up to the task of moving such a large vehicle, making it a sub-par option as a family vehicle. The Lumina APV was discontinued in 1996 when it was replaced by the Chevrolet Venture.
The factors that exclude the Lumina APV from the garages of wealthy drivers should be rather obvious: it is an average van with sub-par power and appearance that could easily be replaced by a higher-end SUV, which has much more power and space. Moreover, minivans in general are not a status symbol of wealth by any means, which I don't intend to be offensive to minivan owners, but well, it's kind of true when you think about it.
10 Smart ForTwo
The Smart ForTwo is probably the most unique car on this list, considering it's size and design. The ForTwo has either a 0.9 L engine or a 66 kW electric motor, both of which output well under 100 bhp. All of these factors market the ForTwo to a very specific market: urban drivers who have very little space to park, and who need very little storage and horsepower. This is ideal for people who live in big cities like San Francisco, however, it doesn't make much sense for a millionaire to have one.
Along with the other electric and economy vehicles on this list, the Smart ForTwo could easily be replaced by a higher end electric vehicle, and moreover, the "small" aspects of the ForTwo seem like quite an inconvenience for someone who doesn't need them. Moreover, the design of the car is not incredibly stylish and puts functionality and efficiency over appearance, which most likely wouldn't motivate the wealthiest of drivers to buy it. This even applies to regular consumers: because the niche of the Smart ForTwo is so narrowly defined, there aren't a whole lot of people who will benefit from the microcar aspects of the ForTwo.
9 Pontiac Bonneville
The Pontiac Bonneville has a long-running history with production beginning in 1958 and ending in 2005, however the ninth generation Bonneville is the one featured in the image above. The Bonneville was equipped with a 3.8 L V6 that could output 205 hp, putting it in a similar class as the Dodge Intrepid. However, what makes this car arguably worse is it's appearance, sporting a style that looks like a knockoff of a Jaguar, but none of the power or luxury to match it. This creates the same situation which I pointed out with the Saturn Sky: pretending to be a high-end car does not make it a high-end car.
However, I will note that the Bonneville is one of the better looking American cars on this list, and I have to tip my hat to Pontiac purely because of the fog lights - they look good.
So then, the Bonneville faces the same fate as the Saturn Sky: doomed to never be bought by rich people because if you can, why not buy the real thing and skip the knockoff? This is why I believe the Pontiac Bonneville deserves to be on this list.
8 Dodge Caliber
The Dodge Caliber, in many ways, is the true meaning of identity crisis when it comes to automobiles. What I mean by this, is that the Caliber is too big to be a good sedan but too small and underpowered to be a valuable crossover or SUV. The Caliber base model has a measly 1.8 L engine, outputting 148 hp, which is slightly more powerful than a sedan but propels a curb weight of over 3,000 pounds, creating a problematic identity crisis.
It's because of this that consumers might overlook the Caliber, especially when money is no object. This might be why the Caliber was discontinued after only 6 years of production (2006-2012), but of course, we can only speculate on that.
Furthermore, the Caliber isn't an attractive car, having remnants designs of the hearse style cars like the PT Cruiser and Chevy HHR, however, the Caliber is more like a modern-day interpretation of a station wagon, which can be rather unappealing to many people, including myself. So then, its safe to assume that this car doesn't belong in a rich person's car, primarily because of its issues with identity and lack of luxurious appearance.
7 Mazda RX-8
I want to preface this one by saying I actually love Mazda, in fact, the Miata is one of my favorite cars, however, there is no reason why the RX-8 would belong in a rich person's garage. Similar to my reasoning for the Saturn Sky being on this list, except for the "being a knockoff of a real sports car" part, the RX-8 is an entry-level sports car. It's what you get when you can't afford a nice sports car. This isn't to say that the RX-8 is bad, in fact, it can output up to 237 hp, which is pretty impressive for such a budget sports car. Furthermore, the rotary engine is definitely not the best characteristic of this car, and would probably be skipped over by wealthy car shoppers.
Aside from that, the RX-8 caters more toward street racers, who want an affordable car that isn't incredibly fast but can be modified and worked on as a project car. I'll say, I have seen my fair share of tricked-out Mazdas, usually Miatas, but RX-8's just as well. To sum up, this car doesn't belong in a rich person's garage because it's sub-par when compared to other high-end sports cars.
6 Chevrolet Metro
The Chevrolet Metro, also known as the Geo Metro, is last on this list because in my opinion, it is the least luxurious car on this list, making it the car that doesn't belong in the garage of a rich person the most. The appearance is the first reason, I mean, look at this car, could I find one in my box of cracker jacks? Okay so maybe not quite, but you get my point. The size and design of this car is flat-out hilarious, which when coupled with the fact that the car outputs 70 hp on a 1.3 L engine makes sure that it isn't winning any races or beauty competitions for that matter. Needless to say, it wasn't incredibly missed after it's discontinuation in 2001, especially since sales plummeted much like the Geo Prizm, after Geo switched to Chevrolet.
Much like every other economy vehicle on this list, the Metro just doesn't make sense in the garage of the most wealthy. It isn't powerful, flashy and expensive like a Mercedes or a BMW, easily securing it's place at #25 on this list.
5 Porsche Cayenne
The Porsche Cayenne is a beautiful example of what a crossover should be: elegant, classy, sleek and powerful. Boasting a base model 3.2 L 240 hp engine, the Cayenne exceeds in every area, granting the driver all of the benefits of a something like a Honda CRV, but with the luxury of a Porsche. Simply put, any person with the funds to spare who is looking into getting a crossover should consider the Cayenne.
But of course, why does this belong in a rich person's garage? Because it's more expensive to maintain than a gambling addiction. Well, maybe that's a tad bit exaggerated, but you see the point I'm trying to make. Maintenance, repairs and premium fuel are all factors that go into a luxury car like the Cayenne, meaning that after paying the jaw-dropping price tag, the car will incur a sort of "luxury car membership fee." But holy smokes, doesn't the Cayenne look absolutely stunning? The angular headlights are probably my favorite part, as they flow so well with the rest of the body design, creating an aesthetic that is only achieved by a select few crossovers.
4 Mercedes-Benz S 350
The Mercedes-Benz S 350 (and all of the S-Class for that matter) is an incredible effort by Mercedes to create a truly amazing driving experience in a sedan. The lines of the car are so incredibly sleek, coming together in a front end that is incredibly stylized to look aggressive. A 3.7 L 245 hp engine propels the S350, making it a true road warrior, ready for any challenge.
Additionally, the S-Class Mercedes are probably the most luxurious sedans on the market, including high-quality material for the interior, making long road trips much more comfortable.
Much like the aforementioned Porsche, the Mercedes also comes with a myriad of repeating costs, and because the car is German, you have to take it to specific mechanics who specialize in European cars. This doesn't even include the prices of parts, which are pretty much all ordered from the manufacturer, because there isn't a demand for aftermarket parts, as there is with Hondas and Toyotas. But of course, being able to ride in complete luxury is the reward for all of the extra energy and money that accompanies a high-end sedan like an S-Class.
3 Tesla Model S
How could I discuss the vehicles that rich people would own without mentioning the current favorite of Silicon Valley tech giants? The Tesla Model S is an exquisitely designed car that truly turns heads whenever it drives by. How can you not want to look at this car? Its design is nearly flawless, offering the luxury of a high-end sedan with all of the greatness of an electric vehicle. I know I brought it up before as a luxury alternative to cars like the Nissan Leaf and Smart ForTwo, but I couldn't help myself, I had to give it it's own spot in this article.
But alas, not many of us can afford such an amazing car, but we can fantasize about being able to own the first true all-electric luxury vehicle, with all of its futuristic additions like autopilot and self-opening doors. Hey, who knows, maybe the future will hold more electric cars that don't look like reiterations of the Prius, and take more after the elegant design of the Tesla Model S. All we can do now is hope that they do, and that they won't be as expensive of course.
2 Cadillac Escalade
When the richest of the rich have children, many times the Cadillac Escalade becomes the chosen mode of transportation for the whole family. The Escalade is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury SUVs, with an appearance that is menacing and a design that is easily recognizable. I know when I see a black Escalade rolling down the street, I can't help but stop and stare in envy of the luxurious comfort and accompanying status symbol that the Escalade provides. Even better, the Escalade isn't just aesthetically pleasing, as it offers a 6.2 L V8 engine, ready to tow any trailer or boat.
The only downside to the Escalade is it's questionable ability for more demanding terrain, but of course, that doesn't stop it from belonging in the garage of the most wealthiest drivers. All in all, the Escalade is an incredible SUV, but of course, everything that is this amazing and luxurious comes with a high price tag, which bars many people from ever owning an Escalade, and so more commonly, the SUV that gets purchased is a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban. But that doesn't stop us from fantasizing about owning one of these high-end beasts.
1 Audi R8
A favorite to YouTube stars, the Audi R8 is one of the best-known sports cars in the world, with the most expensive model including a 5.2 L V1o engine which can put out just around 600 bhp, an impressive number to say the least. Aside from the specs, the Audi R8 is simply gorgeous: everything about the car's appearance is aesthetically pleasing, from the LED headlights to the side skirts and vent scoops. This car truly is a driving machine that is built with speed in mind, and not much else.
Like I mentioned before with the Mercedes and Porsche, luxury cars (especially from outside your home country) are incredibly expensive to maintain.
The R8 is no exception to that, and in fact, is generally more expensive than many other luxury cars. Edmunds.com estimated that it would cost about $159,000 in maintenance and depreciation of value to own an Audi R8 for 5 years. That's a serious chunk of change, considering the base model has a price tag of around $138k. But of course, if you have enough money, it's a negligible price to pay for such an amazing automobile.
Sources: caranddriver.com, edmunds.com, ultimatespecs.com, www.automobile-catalog.com